From Justice for All

The clock is ticking. Last minute talks in Congress and the Administration to develop a deficit reduction strategy have turned out two major proposals:the Reid plan and the Boehner plan. Both plans could result in devastating cuts to Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security after six months of passing. With the fate of our country hanging in the balance, should the burden of this financial crisis fall on the backs of struggling seniors and people with disabilities? Time is running out for lawmakers to reach a decision on where our country will go from here, and who will foot the bill. With the pressure building, we must make sure that Medicaid is not left behind. Call 866-324-0787 today to tell lawmakers that you oppose Boehner and Reid's proposed cuts to vital services for people with disabilities. On this 21stanniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we must fight to protect the ADA's promise of equal opportunity and equal access. Don't sit on the sidelines. This fight needs you.
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Local Radio in New Hampshire

The announcers are still your neighbors. They don’t know precisely how to pronounce “The Heifetz Institute” but they give it their best. They do know how to pronounce Winnipesaukee. They report with equal earnestness about Brownie Brewster’s victory in a kid’s athletic contest and the exploits of the Red Sox. It’s the earnest quality in their delivery that is so affecting. Local radio isn’t fully sanitized for your ingestion. Here’s to the Rotary annual lobster boil.


Tell Congress No on Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities

This blog ardently supports the efforts of the National Federation of the Blind to protest sub-minimum wages for people with disabilities.

Blind Americans To Protest Subminimum Wages
(National Federation of the Blind)
July 20, 2011

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND–The National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people, announced today that its members will conduct informational protests across the United States to raise awareness about the practice of paying wages below the federal minimum wage to Americans with disabilities.

The protests will take place at the district office locations of United States Senators serving on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (the HELP Committee). The HELP Committee is currently considering legislation — the Workforce Investment Act — which would reauthorize the payment of subminimum wages to disabled workers.

Dr. Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Unequal pay for equal work on the basis of disability is unfair, discriminatory, and immoral. The senators who serve on the HELP Committee must decide whether they stand for the outrageous exploitation of disabled workers, or for true equality for Americans with disabilities.”

On Wednesday, August 3, the HELP Committee will vote on the Workforce Investment Act, which contains language reauthorizing the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Rehabilitation Act is supposed to provide services to disabled Americans so that they can obtain competitive employment, but Title V, Section 511 of the proposed Rehabilitation Act language references Section 14(c) of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows certain entities holding special wage certificates to pay workers with disabilities less than the federal minimum wage.

Entire press release:
Blind Americans to Protest Subminimum Wages